Great Hall Lunchtime Concerts
February to November 2018 - The Great Hall
The Arts Centre’s famous lunchtime concerts made a welcome return to the Great Hall in February, with the monthly series being launched by violinist Fiona Pears.
Presented in conjunction with the Concerts for Christchurch Foundation Trust, the Great Hall Lunchtime Concerts will be held on the last Monday of each month from February to November.
The programme includes established local musicians along with talented rising stars, in line with the Arts Centre’s desire to create both platforms and pathways for local musicians. Download a pdf of the full programme.
The line-up includes pianists, singers, a string trio and a choir, with well-known names including Cathy Irons, Zara Ballara, Jennine Bailey, Helen Webby, Sacha Vee and the Sweet Adelines Chorus. Email us for enquiries or reservations.
Tickets are available at the Great Hall door from 12 noon on the day of the concert. Eftpos available:
- Adults $15
- Friends of the Arts Centre, and Friends of the Concerts for Christchurch Foundation Trust $10
(membership open to all)
- Students & children $5
- $11 for one savoury cabinet item and one coffee or tea
- $8 for one sweet cabinet item and one coffee or tea
Tres Cordes String Trio
March 26 1.10pm – 1.50pm
This high-spirited trio, featuring Christchurch Symphony Orchestra members Cathy Irons (violin), Sharon Baylis (viola) and Tomas Hurnik (cello), brings music to life with freshness, warmth and beauty. Recent highlights include performances at the International Deia Festival in Mallorca, Spain, performing at the opening of the Chinese Spring Festival, and recording the soundtrack for The Art of Recovery for the New Zealand International Film Festival.
All are members of the CSO.
April 30 1.10pm – 1.50pm
This unique and exciting trio combination of saxophone, bassoon and piano will perform works by local composer Philip Norman and a transcription of Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Comprising Mark Hobson (saxophone), Craig Bradfield (bassoon) and Alison Holden (piano) this trio has been together since 2016 and will perform at the 2017 World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia.
Soprano Zara Ballara
May 28 1.10pm – 1.50pm
In this performance, international opera star Zara Ballara is accompanied by pianist Iola Shelley. Following a successful European opera career, Zara has returned to Christchurch where she leads vocal studies at the University of Canterbury.
June 25 1.10pm – 1.50pm
This performance showcases some of the finest musicians from local secondary schools – rising stars that will astound with their talent. Following this concert, they will compete in the National NZCT Chamber Music National finals.
Pianist Lixin Zhang
July 30 1.10pm – 1.50pm
This award-winning musician is in his final year of study at Burnside High School and has performed to huge acclaim in Europe. Playing with a maturity that belies his age, Lixin has been offered musical scholarships in both Europe and the US.
Vocalist Sacha Vee
August 27 1.10pm – 1.50pm
Christchurch’s own neo-soul singer, Sacha Vee, is joined by Tom Rainey on piano, promising to scorch the stage with her powerful voice. In this special concert, she revisits her jazz roots – performing favourite jazz standards along with new material written with Tom.
Sweet Adelines Chorus
September 24 1.10pm – 1.50pm
Aiming to empower, involve, enrich and entertain, the Sweet Adelines have proudly represented Christchurch and New Zealand on the international stage 10 times to huge acclaim and success. This includes performances in Las Vegas, Hawaii, Houston, Carnegie Hall and New Orleans.
Harpist Helen Webby
October 29 1.10pm – 1.50pm
Don’t miss a unique opportunity to hear this instrument performed solo as Helen presents an intimate tour of the world of harp: from Wales and the Baroque, to Paris and La Belle Epoque. Helen is Principal Harpist with Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and is well known nationally as a soloist, chamber and orchestral performer.
Jazz vocalist Jennine Bailey and pianist Tom Rainey
November 26 1.10pm – 1.50pm
Jennine and Tom have performed as a duo for more than 15 years throughout New Zealand and have collaborated on various recording projects. Join them as they share some of their favourite melodies.
The performers were delighted when they heard they’d be performing in the Great Hall which is renowned for its incredible acoustics and unique historic ambience, says Artistic Director Trish Rainey.
“I’m thrilled that we’re re-launching lunchtime concerts at the Arts Centre – so many Cantabrians have fond memories of attending performances in the Great Hall before the earthquakes and this is a great excuse for people to come back and experience the restored space.”
The Great Hall Lunchtime Concerts series is brought to you by the Arts Centre and the Concerts for Christchurch Foundation Trust who wish to acknowledge all participating musicians for their enthusiasm and professionalism in performing in this wonderful series.
Violinist Fiona Pears with Friends
February 26 1.10pm – 1.50pm
Talented local violinist and composer Fiona Pears is joined by legendary local guitarists Keith Petch and Bob Heinz to perform the music of French violinist Stéphane Grappelli and guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt.